Minnesotans in the NBA used to be a bit of a rarity. That’s no longer the case after the recent influx of in-state talent that’s found its way to the league.
Here is a look at how Minnesotans are faring during this NBA season.
Gary Trent Jr: Apple Valley product was traded from Portland to Toronto at the deadline. The shooting guard has taken on more of a starring role with the Raptors. He’s averaging 18 points and four rebounds in his 12 games with Toronto, shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. Trent Jr. scored 44 points on 17-for-19 shooting in a win over Cleveland on April 10.
Zeke Nnaji: Hopkins grad has played 36 games — including one start — in his rookie season with the Nuggets. Nnaji is a fringe rotation forward for playoff-bound Denver. Averaging 3.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10 minutes a game. Nnaji’s season highlight to date was a 16-point performance, which included four triples, in a mid-February win over the Lakers.
Tyus Jones: Apple Valley grad is averaging seven points, four assists and two rebounds in 19 minutes as the backup point guard for the Grizzlies. Again leading the league in assist-to-turnover ratio. Jones had 10 points, seven assists and two steals in just 15 minutes in a win last week over Chicago.
Tre Jones: Apple Valley grad and Tyus’ younger brother has played in 27 games in his rookie year with the Spurs. Averaging 1.8 points in five minutes. Jones had two points and two steals in 10 minutes Saturday in San Antonio’s blowout win over Phoenix.
Freddie Gillespie: The East Ridge grad, who started his college career at Carleton, is on his second consecutive 10-day contract in his rookie season with the Toronto Raptors. Over his last three games with Toronto heading into Wednesday’s game against the Nets, Gillespie was averaging 10 points, six rebounds and one block in 20 minutes.
Daniel Oturu: Cretin-Derham Hall grad has played in 22 games as a rookie for the Clippers. Averaging 1.5 points and one rebound in 22 games. The forward had seven points and three rebounds in cleanup duty in a win over the Wolves this week.
Tyrell Terry: The DeLaSalle grad has played 11 games at guard for Dallas in his rookie season. He hasn’t played in an NBA game since January. Currently, Terry is out due to personal reasons.
Amir Coffey: Hopkins grad is averaging 2.8 points and a rebound for the Clippers in his second NBA season. He’s playing eight minutes a game and is a part of the team’s rotation. Had six points, seven rebounds and two steals in a win over Detroit last week.
Mike Muscala: The 29-year-old Roseville grad is averaging 10 points and four rebounds a game for Oklahoma City. The eighth-year forward hasn’t played in more than a month because of an ankle injury.